Hailsham tip saved from axe in waste shake-up

Hailsham Household Waste Recycling Site. November 4th 2013 E45086P
Hailsham Household Waste Recycling Site. November 4th 2013 E45086P

The Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Hailsham has been saved from closure and could be getting a facelift to improve recycling rates.

The tip, in Station Road, was earmarked for closure as part of a multi million pound cost cutting exercise by East Sussex County Council.

But after an initial review, and statistics showing the town’s population is set to increase, it has been ruled out.

Instead sites in Forest Row, Wadhurst and Seaford – all within a 10 to 20 minute drive of another facility look set to shut.

The council has now launched a public consultation into its plans which will run until December 11.

Lead member for transport and environment, Councillor Carl Maynard, said, “With £63 million of savings to find over three years, we are being forced to make some tough decisions. We want members of the public to tell us what they think about the draft strategy.”

A spokesperson at the county council said, “Hailsham has been ruled out of further consideration for closure given the concentrated rise in population around this HWRS and the limited opening hours available at Eastbourne HWRS.

“This site has an extremely poor recycling rate due to limited space and number of containers. It is recommended options to improve the site are explored.”

For more information visit https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/east-sussex-waste-strategy-review